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Self-compassion in the face of shame and body image dissatisfaction: implications for eating disorders.

Abstract

The current study examines the role of self-compassion in face of shame and body image dissatisfaction, in 102 female eating disorders' patients, and 123 women from general population. Self-compassion was negatively associated with external shame, general psychopathology, and eating disorders' symptomatology. In women from the general population increased external shame predicted drive for thinness partially through lower self-compassion; also, body image dissatisfaction directly predicted drive for thinness. However, in the patients' sample increased shame and body image dissatisfaction predicted increased drive for thinness through decreased self-compassion. These results highlight the importance of the affiliative emotion dimensions of self-compassion in face of external shame, body image dissatisfaction and drive for thinness, emphasising the relevance of cultivating a self-compassionate relationship in eating disorders' patients.

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  • Authors

    Ferreira C, Pinto-Gouveia J, Duarte C

    Source

    Eating behaviors 14:2 2013 Apr pg 207-10

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Body Image
    Case-Control Studies
    Eating Disorders
    Empathy
    Female
    Humans
    Motivation
    Personal Satisfaction
    Questionnaires
    Self Concept
    Shame
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    23557822